Boeing has been grounded. The company’s decision last week to cut production of its 737 Max, along with its admission that the aircraft’s anti-stall software contributed to two fatal crashes that together killed 346 people, marked the moment when it finally took responsibility. After the Lion Air crash in Indonesia in October, Boeing decided the problem could be addressed by informing pilots and amending its software. When the Ethiopian Airlines accident followed in March, its initial response was to insist that the 737 Max was airworthy. Global regulators had to intervene to puncture the illusion that it knew best. What took Boeing so long? This is not an idle question, because I made the same mistake in believing after the second tragedy that Boeing and the Federation Aviation Administration (FAA) could still be trusted to handle matters. Passengers should remain confident about boarding the 737 Max, even before a scheduled software fix, I wrote. That turned out to be wrong, as Bo...

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